Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
If I'm not mistaken, the Bears acquired Brandon Marshall from the Dolphins in 2012 for two third-round draft picks. Who did Miami select with those two picks?
The Dolphins traded both third-round picks they acquired from the Bears in exchange for Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall. Miami dealt the No. 73 overall selection in 2012 to the Chargers (who picked safety Brandon Taylor) and the No. 82 choice in 2013 to the Saints (who selected defensive tackle John Jenkins). I think it's pretty safe to say that the trade was a steal for the Bears. Marshall has rewritten the team record book and been voted to back-to-back Pro Bowls. Injuries have limited Taylor to only four games in two seasons with the Chargers, while Jenkins recorded 21 tackles while appearing in all 16 games with five starts last year as a rookie with the Saints.
I see that the Bears face the AFC East in 2014. How did they fare the last time they played that division?
The Bears won three of four games against the AFC East in 2010 en route to capturing the NFC North title and advancing to the NFC Championship Game. They beat the Bills 22-19 in Toronto, the Dolphins 16-0 in Miami and the Jets 38-34 in Chicago while losing to the Patriots 36-7 at Soldier Field.
It seems like every team has a "trade partner" and I was wondering if there's been one team the Bears have partnered with more than others in making deals.
The Bears have made 15 trades since 2008, and six of those deals have been with the Buccaneers. They: 1) Traded quarterback Brian Griese for a sixth-round pick on March 3, 2008; 2) Moved down five spots in the fourth round of the 2008 and selected safety Craig Steltz in a deal that also produced a pick they used to choose tight end Kellen Davis in the fifth round; 3) Traded the pick they acquired from the Buccaneers for Griese back to Tampa in exchange for guard Dan Buenning; 4) Traded a second-round pick to the Buccaneers for defensive end Gaines Adams on Oct. 16, 2009; 5) Sent a seventh-round pick to Tampa for defensive tackle Brian Price; and 6) Acquired a sixth-round choice in exchange for guard Gabe Carimi. The first four trades were done when Jerry Angelo was general manager and the last two were completed by his successor, Phil Emery. It will be interesting to see whether the two teams continue to make deals now that former Bears head coach Lovie Smith is in the same position with the Buccaneers.